So, you’re sitting in your apartment in whatever town you’re in after a gruelling day at the office. You’re tired, starting to feel hungry and you spot that pile of laundry that has been staring back at you for the last four days. You’re relaxing on your living room couch scrolling through social media, silently stalking online personalities that seem to be living the dream in exotic locations and five-star resorts. You dream about curating your own luxurious lifestyle, but feel as though it is so far away from reality. And the laundry isn’t going to do itself.
And so, you did what any female millennial would do and asked Google how you can make your life a little more luxurious. Lo and behold you’ve stumbled across this article! Before going any further, your day dreaming is interrupted by your grumbling tummy and you remind yourself that you’re still hungry. It’s too late to cook now so you order a quick take-away. The good news is that you now have 30 minutes until your food arrives, so sit back, pour yourself a glass of wine and read on to find out how you can find your own version of luxury, and that it’s not as far off as you may think! Curious? Keeping on reading how.
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Before kicking off on how you can live a luxury lifestyle, take a step back and really think about what that actually means to you. The concept of luxury is very much a personal thing, and your idea of luxury may not be the same as the person sitting next to you on the train. It’s a common misconception that luxury has more to do with net worth than it does about happiness and fulfilment. Sure, having a high disposable income can definitely make life easier, but it does not solve broken relationships, it cannot cure illnesses and it cannot bring people back to life.
The truth is, finding inner peace and happiness with your own life and surroundings is what it truly means to live a luxurious lifestyle. It’s a feeling; a feeling that you are living your absolute best life and nothing less!
Here are some initial things to think about: what gets you excited to get out of bed in the morning. What makes you feel fulfilled? Happy? On the other hand, think about what bothers you in your life at present. Are they bad habits? People who don’t serve your mindset anymore? Or is it just being stuck in a job you hate? Perhaps you love your job but just want to feel more enjoyment in your private life. What do you feel is preventing you from living your most luxurious life?
At this point, your mind may already be racing with thoughts, and that’s great! To build on that, this article aims to show you 10 simple ways that you could live a more luxurious lifestyle – how it’s all about mindset and quality over quantity, rather than endless vacations and champagne on tap.
For those that are interested in exploring this concept further, you might want to download the Dukes Avenue Ultimate Guide to Luxury Living. Not only does it focus on self-worth as opposed to net worth, but it also offers tips and tricks on how to travel more, how to keep healthy both mentally and physically AND how to luxe up your wardrobe without spending a small fortune.
Luxury is a State of Mind
Luxury is all about finding the positives in your own life and enjoying them to the full. There will always be scope to achieve more, earn more, own more, but this will all be futile if you’re constantly wanting more without any appreciation for what you already have.
Enjoy the Simple Pleasures
Nowadays, it’s so easy to find everyday pleasures in life in your own home! Find luxury in an evening in front of the TV with a glass of fine wine, find pleasure in going for walks at twilight, appreciate time spent with family. In short, it’s about enjoying what you already have and appreciating that you may already have everything what you need.
Stuck for ideas? Why not start a nightly skin care regime before getting into bed. Believe it or not, it no longer needs to cost a fortune! Brands such as Paula’s Choice and The Ordinary offer affordable products that actually work and it is incredible how mood-boosting it is to pamper yourself before you head to sleep. Make it even more luxurious by giving yourself a lymphatic drainage facial massage – there are also loads of videos on YouTube that teach how to do this!
Of course, this might not sound appealing to everyone – maybe you’re more into a lovely evening bubble bath or buying a weekly bouquet of fresh flowers to make your home feel more like a hotel. The point is that you can find or achieve these simple pleasures in the life you are already living if you look for them and try out new things!
Quality over Quantity
Living a luxurious lifestyle is not about displaying wealth, but rather investing in quality products that stand the test of time. It means trading frequent shopping trips for lower quality items, in favour of investing in higher quality items less often.
This concept can apply to so much, from the items in your wardrobe to the furniture in your home. The point is not to go over your budget, but rather to invest in items that will not need changing as quickly as lower quality items might.
The Importance of Relationships
This may already be clear at this point, but truly living a luxurious lifestyle is not really about money. There are some things which provide happiness in life that just cannot be bought. Health is probably at the top of that list (but we’ll chat about that further down), but almost as important are the relationships you have with family and friends.
Having a close-knit circle of family and friends and maintaining good relationships is an easy way to make life a whole lot more luxurious. Connect with those around you, pick up the phone and call someone you haven’t spoken to in a while. Never underestimate the luxury of having family and friends that love you, support you and that you can rely on to bring you up when you’re feeling down.
Streamline Your Schedule
In this day and age, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with everything going on – a hectic job, personal and business travel, household chores and technology at the world’s fingertips. With all this happening constantly, it’s so important to take a step back and allocate time to do something you actually enjoy. Try replacing one chore from your monthly calendar with something you love doing – a treat where you allow yourself the time to indulge in self-care.
If you’re already thinking ‘how am I meant to streamline my schedule with so much going on?!’, you might want to consider time blocking your calendar. Simply put, time blocking is a time management technique that involves dividing your day into blocks of time. Allocating a set number of hours for a particular task will help you focus on getting the job done and make you more conscious of spending too much time on the task at hand. There are so many books and free articles online that offer advice on how to time block effectively so that you can start spending more time doing things that you actually want to be doing.
Prioritise Comfort and Convenience
Millennials will be the first to tell you how modern-day life can be made a whole lot more luxurious by prioritising convenience, and therefore comfort. Convenience can definitely be seen as a luxury, simply from the comfort it affords. In the most basic of explanations, it’s about having what you need, when you need it. Living a life where getting what you want takes little effort.
Recognise the Importance of Healthy Living
Living a healthy lifestyle is pretty much the epitome of luxury living. In fact, without your health, everything else becomes irrelevant. Often disregarded in favour of more material possessions, a healthy and therefore luxurious lifestyle is actually very achievable. Here at Dukes Avenue, we are huge believers in the health benefits of having a plant-based diet and the mental health benefits of frequent yoga practice. Whilst everyone should find whatever feels right to them, living a more health conscious lifestyle will have such a positive effect that you’ll wonder how you ever lived any other way! As Warren Buffett once said “chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken”.
Remember Those in Need
Last but not least, if you are fortunate enough to already start to feel like your life could actually be seen as pretty luxurious, don’t forget to share that with others less fortunate. Help someone in need, donate to a cause that means a lot to you, offer to help at local charities, buy groceries for an elderly neighbour. As small as these things may sound, the good you give out to the world will come back to you eventually, and that is a pretty luxurious thought.
For more tips on how you can live a more luxurious lifestyle, don’t forget to download our 32-page guide that covers everything from how you can travel more, save money on your wardrobe yet make it more luxurious, as well as what you can do for your physical and mental health. If you already feel like you are living a luxurious lifestyle, we’d love to hear about what you think makes it so luxurious in the comments below!
If this article has inspired you, you might want to read our article all about why you should never give up on your dreams. Alternatively, if you’re interested in learning more about how you can curate the lifestyle you want through taking control of your finances, we’ve got that covered too!
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